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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1308: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion in Late Antiquity, II: Crossing Boundaries

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Harry Mawdsley, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Michael Wuk, Department of Classics & Archaeology University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Harry Mawdsley, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1308-aSit Down, Be Humble: Hazing Rituals in Late Antique Communities
(Language: English)
Michael Wuk, Department of Classics & Archaeology University of Nottingham
Index terms: Military History, Monasticism, Social History
Paper 1308-bCreating Community and Overcoming Exclusion: The Two Editions of Optatus of Milevis during the Donatist Schism
(Language: English)
Matthieu Pignot, Institute of History, University of Warsaw
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1308-cPatterning as a Narrative Technique for Inclusion in Gregory of Tours' Decem libri historiarum
(Language: English)
Michaela Selway, Seminar für mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval

As late-antique life was framed around affiliation with various discrete and conceptual networks, the processes used to mark membership in, ejection from, and interactions between these groups were correspondingly important. This session - the second in our series - considers processes of crossing boundaries between late-antique networks from diverse yet complementary perspectives. Wuk explores formalised trials of commitment as a means of traversing borders between theoretically enclosed communities. Pignot concludes the session by analysing the rhetorical shift, from exaggerated disunity to emphasised community, evident in Orosius' Donatist-era revisions of his magnum opus. Selway concludes the session by exploring how Gregory of Tours uses the literary technique of patterning to redeem two notable moments in biblical history by rewriting the narrative in his local history.